Speaking With Pictures

One of the reasons that I take photographs is because they enable me to express thoughts that words just can’t capture. I recently participated in the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge on Facebook, whereby I posted a different black and white photograph for five days. Initially, I posted photos from my archives that belonged to completed bodies of work. But the last two came from some collaborative book projects I did with my nephew, and which only very few people have seen to date. Why this shift?

A boy from my kids’ school committed suicide recently, an event that is unspeakably sad. I gravitated towards these two pictures because they express for me something about that event that I couldn’t say any other way. And it seemed important to say it.Freeman- 1992 Freeman- 1994

Interview Published in AEQAI

ÆQAI (pronounced ‘I’ as in ‘bite ‘ and ‘qai ‘ as in ‘sKY’ ) is a Cincinnati based e-journal for critical thinking, review and reflective prose on contemporary visual art. An interview titled “Jane Alden Stevens: Photography in Motion” authored by Laura A. Hobson was recently published in the November, 2014, edition of AEQAI.

The article includes images from various bodies of work, a discussion about my teaching career, and covers a number of issues including the role that feminism played in my classroom, mentors, technical changes in the field and my approach to art-making.

Many thanks to editor Daniel Brown for including me in this issue!

Artists I Like- Lucas Foglia

In his series “A Natural Order”, Lucas Foglia turns his camera towards people who live off the grid as much as possible. He says about his subjects: “They do not wholly reject the modern world. Instead, they step away from it and choose the parts that they want to bring with them.”LucasFoglia_NaturalOrder_184

While some images depict the interior or exterior of his subjects’ dwellings, the photographs I find most compelling are those of the people themselves. The photos that I am posting here are therefore an edit of a body of work that was obviously already edited by the creator.LucasFoglia_NaturalOrder_374

Any reader of this blog knows that I find editing to be one of the most creative aspects of being a photographer. LucasFoglia_NaturalOrder_053Whether it is in-camera editing (done by deciding what to include or exclude from the frame), or post-shooting editing (including deciding which images are the “best, what order they should appear in, what kind of manipulation they should undergo in order to enhance what’s already going on in them, etc.), I really like that part of the process. LucasFoglia_NaturalOrder_443It demands critical thinking, problem-solving, looking very closely at everything.

I think that Luca Foglia does an excellent job at both in-camera and post-shooting editing. His photographs are thought-provoking and powerful.